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Conserving Energy in Alabama

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

This means unplugging those cell phone chargers from the wall
Officials at troy university in Dothan gave an energizing speech to the crowd today.

“I think one of the interesting things to understand is that before energy even gets to the end user, to each of us to use, a lot of the electricity is lost in the efficiency of the electric grid.” U-S Department of Energy specialist Scott Minos said.

Energy that we will never get back.
That's why Minos says it’s important to conserve energy, whether it’s in our homes, in our businesses, or even on the streets.

“To take small steps like turning down thermostats, driving more safely and within the speed limit, doing small things around the house and small things we can do in our own home, such as insulation.“ Minos said.

And this seminar encouraged local businesses to brainstorm new ways to cut energy costs

“We're in talks to try and solar panel the building and make it run as efficiently and self sustainable as possible and that's why we are here today to look at our energy options.” Saint Andrews Market Owner Ignacio Handal said.

Handal says statistics that he saw today were shocking
“We waste 60 percent of our energy before it even gets to our homes.”

But it’s not just residents who need to work on conserving energy, Minos says, the state does too.

“The Alabama state energy office has just told me that 50 percent of the energy used in this state is used for manufacturing. Which is a very, very high amount.” Minos said.

Minos says there needs to be a focus on making these plants as efficient as possible, to lift the strain on Alabama’s electric grid.
Alabama's energy use may be higher than other states because there are so many manufacturing companies that run here.


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